Indianola Speech Live-Blog

Anonymous sources have provided us with a copy of the following email:

Date: September 3, 2011


From: David Axelrod, America For Obama

Dear Friend:

The Wasilla Chillbilly will be giving another crappy speech today. It is important that we control the narrative, so report to your assigned blogs and post your honest reactions.

Be sure to emphasize her funny accent, goofy hairdo and CFM shoes. Also point out how stupid she is. DO NOT refer to her using any of these words: Governor, Sarah and/or Palin. Use one of the approved derogatory nicknames. Don’t forget to tell everyone she has no chance of winning.

We will be watching Bible Spice speak from our command center in Chicago. We will be texting you additional talking points during and after the speech.

If Caribou Barbie announces she is running for the GOP nomination, DO NOT PANIC.


ps: Don’t forget to donate

Sarah’s speech will be aired live on C-SPAN at approximately 1:15 pm CDT.

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128 Responses to Indianola Speech Live-Blog

  1. imustprotest says:

    Sadly that faux email has probably really been sent out to all the journolistas.

  2. imustprotest says:

    The rally has started. It’s raining.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    It’s pouring rain in Indianola …. hope they don’t cancel, but the crowds may not be as big. Cspan’s coverage now announced for 1230 eastern.

  4. SYD says:

    Camp Obama must be really worried. Concern trolls hhave infiltrated Legal Insurrections live blogging of the event:·gal+In·sur·rec·tion)

    They are concerned that their “Conservative friends” feel she is “playing them like a fiddle.”

    LOL. Such tripe.

    • ralphb says:

      That retire05 guy has been pushing Perry for quite a while. He’s been saying the same crap there and at Hot Air for several weeks now.

      • SYD says:

        He has all the trollie red flags. You know… “he doesn’t mind Palin… other than she hired a lobbyist yadda, yadda, yadda….” and “he doesn’t feel this way but his friends feel…. blah blah blah….”

        Such BS.

        Perry would be easily stomped down by team Obombya. A white guy from Texas?? Really??? That’s why they are pushing him.

        • ralphb says:

          Whoever runs is gonna need to attack Obama about ongoing corruption and crony capitalism. The person doing that should be clean themselves. So I agree.

        • myiq2xu says:

          I spent enough hours moderating at TC that I can spot canned talking points.

          The question is who the troll works for – Rove or Axelrod?

        • Karma says:

          If you poke a troll with a rhetorical stick will he spill the secret santa?

  5. imustprotest says:

    Obama ran against Palin last time, a repeat performance would be interesting…only this time, Palin would be in charge of the campaign herself, gloves off.

    • Karma says:

      That would be fun to watch. She is the only one of the Reps that has been on him for his entire term. The rest of them are riding in on her hard work.

        • imustprotest says:

          Tougher basketball player than Obama too. She’s number 22 on the right:

        • imustprotest says:

          Regarding her basketball playing, from the article accompanying the photo:

          “She was a hard player,” Teeguarden said.

          He said the team’s strategy was to get the ball to its two dominant frontcourt players, and that job fell to Palin.

          “She was always a leader and led by example,” teammate Amy Backus said. “She always worked very hard, whether it was at practice or a game. She was very disciplined. You could always rely on her. She was always very consistent.”

          As her senior season progressed, Palin got better, and Teeguarden said she learned from her mistakes.

        • myiq2xu says:

          And she won Miss Congeniality

  6. imustprotest says:

    A guy from PJTV is speaking now. Tony Katz? Stokin on a cee-gar. Seems like kind of a caricature.

    • ralphb says:

      What’s on my TV doesn’t match the live feed at all. But I think there is a central casting for these events somewhere.

      • imustprotest says:

        Some guy named Charie Cruschow is on now talking about Socialism. I wish they’d stop calling Obama a socialist…far from it.

        • ralphb says:

          My internet was several minutes behind the TV signal so I’ll just watch cspan on TV for the first time in a long time.

          That socialist stuff is a pet peeve of mine to, it’s just a buzzword to them.

        • myiq2xu says:

          I would vote for a real socialist

          Back at TC in 2008 some guy kept repeating the “Obama is a socialist” meme until I told him “You’re making me want to vote for him.”

        • ralphb says:

          I think I remember those exchanges. I wish someone would run on a socialist platform. I’d donate.

  7. myiq2xu says:

    I don’t know who that comedian is but he is NOT funny.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    from the c4p live blog….

    “Bloody awful! Granted, it’s partly the rain. Still, the event is amateurish, dreary, and boring. It has all the sizzle of a soaked firecracker. The speakers are earnest and off key; embarrassing to watch and listen to. This unfunny Eric Golub, with his woman’s voice, makes the toe of my boot itch. Worst of all, the crowd looks like they’d rather be anywhere but where they are. I have no doubt Sarah will work her usual magic. But she deserves — and needs — better than this. So do we.”

  9. I have c-span on- I take it she has not spoken yet? Am not watching- just listening- is it still raining there?

  10. DeniseVB says:

  11. 1539days says:

    Uh, oh. Talking about Red White and Blue America. That’s so racist. Under Obama, it’s black and blue America.

  12. myiq2xu says:

    No Teleprompters – she has note cards

  13. ZING! Bitch slap to meanchelda!

  14. 1539days says:

    “Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiiers.”

  15. myiq2xu says:

    “Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers.”

  16. Karma says:

    Ooo! polls vs poles

  17. Karma says:

    And there ya go….crony capitalism!


  18. myiq2xu says:

    “Federal Family – I want a divorce”

  19. She said “emancipated” There will be charges of racism!

  20. 1539days says:

    CNN covering. They probably hope for a gaffe.

  21. myiq2xu says:

    “Like you – I’m not for sale.”

  22. 1539days says:

    I think she took a shot at Rove about not paying consultants to say nice things about you.

  23. Karma says:


  24. Sarah is really taking to them- permanent political class and crony capitalism.
    And she asks the big question! WHO will we replace them with?

  25. Working man? Wasn’t that a Dem rallying cry for lo those many years?

  26. Karma says:

    Repeal Obamacare!

  27. myiq2xu says:

    She’s really on a roll now

  28. myiq2xu says:

    She might just be teasing but she sounds like she’s building up to announce

  29. Any estimate on crowd size?
    Oh my- now she has gone after Soros and Obama’s petrobras deal.

  30. Real Hope- ZING! Hopey changey stuff lol! And a little zinger to the cult around the selectee.

  31. WMCB says:

    LOL! Did she just call out corporate socialism in the form of special tax breaks??

  32. myiq2xu says:

    Nope, she didn’t do it.

    I thought she was gonna when she laid out her platform.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Could be a brilliant strategy. Cards on the table now, wait for the blowback, then……….?

    • WMCB says:

      I don’t think she’s running. I wish she would, but I doubt it, But I don’t think she’s gonna endorse anyone either. I think she’s going to continue to speak her mind, and whap the other candidates around the head with a rhetorical baseball bat to scare them into listening to the people.

      I could be wrong, but that’s my take on it. She’s a grassroots gal, not a Party gal. If she doesn’t run, then she’s going to use her voice and her following to speak the truth, grab some feets and hold them in the coals til they yell “Uncle”. She ain’t backing down, and she ain’t going away. She’s put them all on notice that she can mobilize a lot of energy either for or against them, and they’d better straighten up and fly right.

      She’s not going to endorse anyone merely for the sake of “unity”. She doesn’t owe the GOP jack shit, and she let them know that today.

  33. gxm17 says:

    oh darn. i was really hoping to have someone to vote for in 2012.

    • imustprotest says:

      I was hoping to make my fortune in popcorn stocks…:(

    • DeniseVB says:

      good news…..she didn’t say she WASN’T running 😀

      Cspan showing her IN the crowd now signing autographs and taking photos with her. She loves it.

      Glad there’s some really BIG DUDES with her……very diverse crowd, even saw an Obama shirt…

  34. imustprotest says:

    She repeated the phrase she’s said before….”you don’t have to have a title to make change”…..doesn’t sound like she’s running

  35. myiq2xu says:

    Okay, time to put on the protective gear and go check out the Koolaid blogs.

    If I don’t come back, tell my kids I spent their inheritance.

  36. ralphb says:

    She didn’t announce, darn it, but I’m still convinced she’s running. I think she took on damn near everybody in that speech. Wow.

    • imustprotest says:

      It did seem like she took aim at Perry. “Make sure you vet your candidate and look at their record..”

  37. DeniseVB says:

    Still on Cspan watching her work the crowd……some guy just pulled out his gun…..for her to sign. OH MY.

  38. You can tell some talking points are already out there. Some guy in the crowd got to her and while laughing at her and what she said, he incredulously asked if she said she was eliminating the corporate tax why would she then need to also eliminate loop holes, because wouldn’t eliminating the tax do that. He just kept laughing and asking did she really say she would eliminate the corporate tax. She said yes, she would eliminate the corporate income tax and there were more complexities still requiring loophole elimination.

    So that’s the best they have. Trying to do a gotcha on a a speech point idea that could be rather interesting if discussed. They got nothing.

    • myiq2xu says:

      They got nothing.

      They got Obama

      To-may-to, to-maw-to

    • WMCB says:

      I could maybe go for eliminating the corporate income tax IF you could tie that to employment here. IOW, you get the zero rate if your workers are 100% American, and graduate a tax up from there – 5% tax if only 80% of employees are here, etc.

      We’d more than make up for the revenue we’d lose in corporate taxes, if we had full employment and thus a much broader tax base. Since we can’t really compete with the dirt cheap labor overseas, and it’s killing us, that might be one way we level the playing field and entice companies to hire here, and get loads of JOBS.

      I’m not a big tariff person, and realize the downside of trade wars, but we are going to have to figure out some kind of alternative “protectionist” policies without too many bad side effects, or we are screwed employment-wise.

      • ralphb says:

        We can’t, and shouldn’t try, competing with Chinese wages but we have to do something and you’ve got a good idea.

        Eliminating the corporate tax and all subsidies would also stop companies, like GE, from paying zero taxes on billions of profits while getting $400 million in refunds. A tax that loses money because of special deals is not a good thing.

        • WMCB says:

          Some idiot frat boy on the rope line thought he had a “dumb hick Palin” point, and basically mocked her for saying eliminate the corporate income tax AND get rid of loopholes. He was eye-rolling and saying that if you get rid of the tax, then there are no loopholes (the “dummy!” was implied.)

          Which isn’t true. There are all kinds of things in the tax code and regulations that funnel money directly to entities whether they pay taxes or not.

          Personally, I think we need to start over and rethink the whole tax code and regulatory structure. Not because I’m a “teeny tiny govt” nut, but because it has become a gravy train and a complicated structure that gets used more for political ends, and punishing and rewarding cronies and enemies, than for economic and maximum revenue stream ends – by D’s and R’s alike. Simplify so they can’t hide shit and weasel this way and that. Shoot for a broad tax base, not a scattershot one.

      • Good point. You don’t want a free ride for any corporation for any reason. Eliminating loopholes and reasons for a lot of corruption is an interesting idea. But it should have to be one is really in this country (meaning employees are in this country). And taxes is only a small part of the crony capitalism. The other parts are actually about getting money directly from the government in the form of grants and contracts, and getting favorable regulations and legislation giving a corporation something of the taxpayers for less then they should pay.

        Definitely a good conversation to start. And I’m happy there is the mention of corporate welfare. That’s a pretty rare expression to come from a conservative.

      • 1539days says:

        I like the idea of the fair tax, which is sort of a rewrite of a national sales tax. It should be the same as the import tariff. That way if you ship stuff from China, it gets taxed at the dock and taxed again at the store. If you’re a millionaire who buys a yacht overseas, you pay sales tax on it when it gets to the US. States do it with new cars bought in another state.

        • ralphb says:

          Modified VAT?

        • 1539days says:

          Depends how you define a VAT. First of all, this would replace an income tax instead of add to it. A lot of VATs are taxes placed on businesses when they make (add value) to a product. The idea of a national sales tax is to apply a level rate to all commerce. You can even pre-credit those with lower incomes so that they don’t have as much of a tax burden.

        • ralphb says:

          I know what a VAT is and changing a consumption tax on entering the country and again when sold is something like a value add. Thanks for the clarification of what you meant.

  39. DeniseVB says:

    Cspan will re-air her speech at 8pm ET, 5pm PT.

    Hope it’s not the whole rally, though if you missed the “comedian”……snort

  40. yttik says:

    That’s pretty amazing watching her work the crowd. It takes a lot of grace to sign that many autographs and to speak personally to people. In the rain, no less.

    While she’s smiling and shaking hands, she’s also got people asking her in depth questions, like how is she going to take care of the first responders or what is she going to do about the corporate income tax. You can’t possibly lay out your entire policy in that setting but she doesn’t back off or show any impatience, she addresses their concerns as much as possible.

    It does sound kind of crazy, but she really reminds me of Bill Clinton.

    • ralphb says:

      I just said that upthread about Bill. I think it’s because she really likes people and it shows through like it did with him

      • DeniseVB says:

        For Bill and Sarah, it’s a natural gift, it can’t be taught.

        John Edwards (2004) had it too, but he was stiffled by the Kerry people because he was drawing bigger crowds than JK, so they sent him on the small town rubber chicken tour to keep him out of the press.

        Some say if that ticket were reversed, the Dems would have won that year. JK was just not likable enough.

    • SYD says:


      And Bill knows it. She has a “compelling narrative” is, I think, how he put it back in 2008.

  41. ralphb says:

    This is interesting but not unexpected. There seems to be a lot of criticism of Palin and her speech on the Right Wing blogs but little on the Oblogs. As one commenter said at AoS…

    Is Rick (son of god) Perry so weak that he requires this kind of defense?

  42. DeniseVB says:

    Wow, great “review” from the NYT, at least how I read it 🙂

    It was posted almost an hour ago…….and no comments so far? heh.

    • elliesmom says:

      Still no comments. The “intertubes” must be broken at the New York Times.

      • 1539days says:

        I assume all the positive comments are being moderated.

      • Virtual silence from Obot usual suspects on twitter and facebook. Maybe they would prefer running against her than Perry.

      • DeniseVB says:

        It’s a miracle, 29 comments up now ! Including one scag who posted a hater link to her…….speech!

      • ralphb says:

        Talking points received. Comments of roughly 2 types. the quitter meme and the stupid meme. Nothing new.

        • DeniseVB says:

          What’s funny ralph, the nano-seconds between ellie and me posting, 29 posts were approved by The MEssiah Team WTF NYT !

          8pm ET, Cspan will re-air her speech 🙂 I’d like to see it again without the “I’m running” antcipation. I think it will be even more wonderfully inspiring about what our country is and should be, not what Obama wants it to be.

    • ralphb says:

      I’ve seen several stories about her speech and I’m surprised at how positive the media outlets are being toward it.

      Scott Conroy at RCP

      On a soggy day that brightened a bit before she took the stage at a Tea Party of America rally, Palin argued that nothing gets done in Washington because of an ingrained “corrupt and compromised political class.”

      “They’ve got a lot of mouths to feed, a lot of corporate lobbyists, a lot of special interests that are counting on them to keep the good times and the money rolling along,” Palin said. “It doesn’t surprise me. I’ve seen this kind of crony capitalism before.”

      In a grand proposal that she said would create millions of high-paying jobs and lead to an “explosion of growth,” Palin called for the elimination of all federal corporate income taxes.

      “To balance out any loss of federal revenue from this tax cut, we eliminate corporate welfare and all the loopholes and we eliminate bailouts,” she said. “This is how we break the back of crony capitalism because it feeds off corporate welfare, which is just socialism for the very rich.”

      This part of her speech is stuck in my head and I like it more all the time.

  43. DeniseVB says:

    I’ll put this here, because not sure it fits in the latest “chaz bono” open thread /sarc We probably needed a post-game thread….we got Cheney 😛

  44. Obama rewards big bundlers with jobs, commissions, stimulus money, government contracts, and more Quite the expose from a left leaning organization.

    More than two years after President Obama took office vowing to banish “special interests” from his administration, nearly 200 of his biggest donors have landed plum government jobs and advisory posts, won federal contracts worth millions of dollars for their business interests or attended numerous elite White House meetings and social events, an investigation by iWatch News has found.

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